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All About Polymorphics

Published 1959

Simon Ramo's concept of "polymorphic" computing is laid out in stop-motion animation, accompanied by acoustic guitar. The film anticipates parallel, distributed processing and the architecture of ARPANET and the Internet.

Run time 7 minutes 21 seconds
Producer Thompson Ramo Wooldridge, Inc.
Production Company Thompson Ramo Wooldridge, Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Reviewer: Spuzz - - May 25, 2012
Subject: Look! I'm doing several things at once!
Antiquated, but a CUTE antiquated film about polymorphics, aka teaching your computer to do several things at once! Until now, if you wanted your computer to just that, well, you'd have to buy a bigger computer! And, if you had several people wanting to do stuff all at once, well ferget it! But now, look what we've done, we've developed the technology for you to do just that! See us for details on our huge machine that will probably take up just one large room in your office! This is done, if you can believe it, using way simplified terms, blocks, cartoons and language, and turns out to be highly entertaining. Highly reccomended!
Reviewer: torgman - - October 25, 2011
Subject: The Narrator was Hungarian
Salzer arrived from Budapest, Hungry in the United States in 1940 and began a career as an upholsterer. He later took courses at Case Institute of Technology and learned about radar communications and pulse communications systems in the Army. The Army provided enough training and credits to allow Salzer to return to school and obtain his B.A., M.A., and ultimately his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Salzer started his Ph.D. work in 1948 and held a research assistant position at the Digital Computer Lab under the direction of Gordon Brown, Jay Forrester, and Bob Everett. Salzer worked with the Whirlwind Project, specifically the block diagrams. From the Whirlwind Project came Salzer's dissertation topic, control problems of digital computers. Because of this work, Salzer received a job offer in 1951 from Hughes. After leaving Hughes in 1954, Salzer joined the Magnovox Laboratory. Discusses various colleagues and where they were working and projects they were associated with. Comments on activities on the west coast opposed to those on the east coast. Frequently mentioned names include Gordon Brown, Jay Forrester, Bob Everett, Eldred Nelson, Harold Sarkissian, and Willis Ware.
Reviewer: rasputin2 - - June 22, 2011
Subject: The Narrator's accent...
Just what is the narrator's accent? I'm guessing Italian?
Reviewer: uniQ - - November 27, 2010
Subject: I wish infomercials were like this!
While it is a precursor to so many things technically, the production itself has some interesting features:

1. The intro/title screen looks like a space station from an old Doctor Who serial!

2. The narrator sounds quite tired and/or depressed at times!

3. The guitar music is quite nice

4. The matrix/switchboard was a well thought out way of presenting the system. A definitely well thought out technical idea was the "private line" to keep out nosy subscribers!

5. The use of construction paper cards and little painted wooden toy blocks to describe/sell immensely complicated machines is a genius-idea to me...